Heretic vs Blasphemy - What's the difference?

heretic | blasphemy |

As an adjective heretic

is heretical.

As a noun blasphemy is

irreverence toward something considered sacred or inviolable.



Alternative forms

* (archaic), (obsolete), heretick (obsolete), (l) (archaic)


(en noun)
  • Someone who, in the opinion of others, believes contrary to the fundamental tenets of a religion he claims to belong to.
  • * '>citation
  • In the framework of traditional medical ethics, the patient
    deserves humane attention only insofar as he is potentially
    healthy and is willing to be healthy—just as in the framework
    of traditional Christian ethics, the heretic deserved humane
    attention only insofar as he was potentially a true believer and
    was willing to become one. In the one case, people are
    accepted as human beings only because they might be healthy
    citizens; in the other, only because they might be faithful
    Christians. In short, neither was heresy formerly, nor is sick-
    ness now, given the kind of humane recognition which, from
    the point of view of an ethic of respect and tolerance, they


    * apostate * withersake


    (en adjective)
  • (archaic) Heretical]]; of or pertaining to heresy or [[#Noun, heretics.
  • Antonyms

    * orthodox


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  • Irreverence toward something considered sacred or inviolable.
  • That imam said that drawing the prophet Muhammad is a form of blasphemy .
  • The act of insulting or showing contempt or lack of reverence for any religion's deity or deities.
  • The act of claiming the attributes of a deity.
  • Synonyms

    * (irreverent language) cursing]], cussing, execration, imprecation, profanity, [[swear, swearing * (unholy act) profanation, desecration, sacrilege, violation


    * reverence, veneration, worship, adoration

    Derived terms

    * blasphemous * blasphemously * blasphemousness